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Bella´s needle scare

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

Bella´s needle scare
Emma and Bella in the Atlantic Road Park (Pic: Warren Wilkins)

A Newquay woman was left raging after her dog stood on a used needle next to a children’s play park in the town.

Emma Martin’s black Labrador, Bella, yelped in pain whilst she was being taken out for a walk on the grass area at Atlantic Road car park on Tuesday, October 16.

She initially thought the object sticking out of Bella’s paw was the tip of a pen but then realised it was the tip of a needle.

Bella was rushed to Clifton Villa Vets on Henver Road where it was confirmed the object was a hypodermic needle. Bella was given the all clear after being administered anti inflammatory medication and antibiotics but Emma is angry the “traumatising” incident happened so close to where children play.

She has since heard from friends that they have discovered used needles in the undergrowth next to the park.

An officer from the environmental health department at Cornwall Council visited and met with Emma at the park to see if they could find anymore used needles in the undergrowth.

She also erected signs at Atlantic Road play park to warn people used needles have been discovered discarded in the area.

Emma believes drug users should be more responsible when discarding their used needles and that Cornwall Council should keep the overgrown area more maintained as people and dogs cannot see what they are stepping on.

“I was raging when I realised it was a hypodermic needle as Bella was in a lot of pain and was left traumatised,” said Emma.

“A lot of children also play up there and its a popular area for dog walkers. I think the drug users should be properly housed so they can dip their drugs in their own places.

"I also think they are being totally irresponsible not disposing of the needles properly, especially leaving them next to a children’s play area.

“The council not maintaining the park properly is not helping the situation. There are a lot of overgrown areas where people are doing their drugs. There are also lots of broken bottles and rubbish strewn around.”

By Warren Wilkins 24th October 2018

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